EMQ’s with ROULETTE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish AOR/Rock band Roulette. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Hansi Fellbrink for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Hansi and I play bass and sing backing vocals in Roulette. We started this band back in the 80´s, released a couple of singles but no full album. In 2008 we released a ‘best of’ album called “Better Late Than Never”, with 17 old singles/demos, and played a few live gigs. Then in 2015 I wrote the song ‘Secret Room’ and we released it as a single, and after that, two more singles in 2016-17. We got fantastic reviews so decided to record a whole album, and we released “NOW!” In March 2019.
How did you come up with your band name?
We all played in different local bands, but we all felt we could do better with a new band. So, we got together, rehearsed one time and wrote three new song in two hours. Then we left our bands and started Roulette.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re living in Sweden, and in our genre, there are so many new bands coming up, but we got voted best new album so far 2019” in Sweden together with Gathering of Kings.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is the 5th single from the album “NOW!” called “Soldiers Of Love”, and we shot a music video at our live gig in our hometown Sundsvall to promote it.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We all love music from the 80´s, but our main influences are Def Leppard, Journey, Dan Reed Network and Van Halen.
What first got you into music?
I played guitar when I was in school, because my father played all kinds of instruments at home. I was a singer and guitarist for many years in local bands, until we started Roulette and I took over the bass guitar.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Personally, I would love to write a song with Max Martin, the producer. He played in a band called “It´s Alive” before he started producing, and he’s a great singer, musician, songwriter and a cool guy!!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I choose every festival that would book us, because we are longing to playing live now, after all these amazing reviews of our new album, to show our fans that we are a great live band. But if I would choose one it would be great to play at Download Festival or maybe Rock in Rio…J!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hahahaha….a pair of stockings from a girl in Poland, by mail…J! They smelled nice…J!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Hope to see you soon our tour, we would love to play in Europe, Japan and USA!!!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
To play music live in front of a big crowd full of fans is amazing. It´s nearly impossible to be a musician today and earn money, we all have to have extra jobs and therefore we can´t write songs and play live as much as we want.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Spotify and YouTube are great to spread music on, but you can´t earn any money on these sites unless you are really big.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Def Leppard – “Hysteria”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Doesn´t matter, as long as you listen to Roulette…J! No, but I like vinyl a lot for my collection
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Must say our reunion gig in our hometown, in April 2017, with all of our friends, fans and rockers at one place together!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Makin´ music videos!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Steven Tyler, Max Martin, Christina Aguilera, Steven Gerrard, and Charlize Theron
What’s next for the band?
We just released a new single + video in January 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit! Too small for a cake..!J
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We hope Roulette can play live more in Europe in the beginning of 2020. Our album NOW! is still HOT and we really want to meet our fans all over the world.
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